When you want a high-performance listening experience that is truely personal, block out ambient...

AKG K 518 LE Limited Edition Folding Headphones - Red

Average User Rating:
4/5,
  • When you want a high-performance listening experience that is truely personal, block out ambient noise with the AKG K 518 LE over-ear headphones. Deisgned to deliver true AKG performance - high-output sound and excellent frequency response - from virtually any portable device they are the high-performance upgrade for improving your personal listening experience. By using complete over-the-ear cups that fit comfortably on your head, the K 518s block out ambient noise allowing you to more clear hear their exceptional dynamic range and detailed sound that is free of distortion, even at high listening levels. AKG has even made tucking these headphones away very easy as the patented 3D-Axis folding mechanism allows you to fold these headphones into very easy size to carry. Designed to be rugged, these headphones are the perfect companion for everyday use.

Recent User Reviews

  1. kalpman
    4.0/5,
    "Too good for their price"
    Pros - Clear crisp sound, Bass is not the only good in those, Build quality, Bargain price
    Cons - Not comfortable, Too short cable, Clamping force never really lets you forget you're wearing them
    I will bypass the quality of their sound, as pretty much everyone has covered this topic above me...
    I have to say, I was not impressed with their cable quality, but apart from this, it seems to fit perfectly for reaching your mp 3 device in your pocket :p
    Not recommend them for lengthy usage, cause they are just not comfortable at all... I try to stretch them in order to be less clumpy on my head but I'm not sure it's working.
    Other than this, they isolate pretty good.. can be used in quiet places like libraries at mid volume.
    I bought them only 47.90 euros including another AKG ear-bud (at around 9 euros worth) and I'm really pleased with them,
    I highly recommend them to anyone who has another alternative to enjoy music, or anyone that has a small head :p
  2. countolaf
    3.5/5,
    "Good Entry Level Basshead Headphone"
    Pros - Lots of bass but not too loose, midrange is articulate, treble isn't too recessed
    Cons - Tight clamping force, flimsy cable, stiff earpads, sounds a bit congested overall
    As the description above implies, it has lots of bass in its sound signature. The bass is of good quality I would say as it is very punchy and presents good impact. It is a bit loose in general, and when you’re playing audio tracks that require fast retrieval on the low end, the K518LE gets confused. But that’s not saying too much considering the price of this headphone.
     
    The midrange is articulate. The bass doesn’t really overpower the mids but since it’s impactful and sometimes loose (even muddy), the mid-midrange going up to the upper mids sound a bit veiled (which is not recessed). Although I really didn’t have major problems listening to my modern day pop tracks nor some good old local music.
     
    Treble is not as recessed as in K619 DJ however, it tends to be smoother in comparison. I recall that the lower treble of K619 sounds a bit artificial and it doesn’t seem to be the case with K518LE. Overall, the treble is not lacking heavily although a bit more sparkle would probably do it good.
     
    As it is a small closed headphone, there's not much to expect in terms of layering and soundstage. The latter is smaller than other on-ear headphones that I have but it's not that big of a deal
     
    Comfort-wise, it's not the most comfortable headphone due to tight clamping force. Headphone looks rugged but not indestructible. The cable is very stiff in my opinion and gets tangled rather easily. The newer K619 fixes most of these issues though.
     
    Full review and pictures here: http://www.headphone.ph/akg-k518le-basshead-headphone/
  3. ravefire
    4.5/5,
    "Great Value With Some Caveats"
    Pros - sound, design
    Cons - can get uncomfortable
    Disclaimer: I'm not much of an experienced reviewer so I apologize in advance for any misuse of terms. I also wanted to say that I have not done any other mods than expanding the headband.
     
    A couple months ago I bought $60 headphones. I didn't really know about the brand very well -- I just recognized the name AKG from the Quincy Jones line and saw that they were 50% off. What were these mystery headphones we speak of? Why, none other than the k518LE, which is essentially the k81DJ.
     
    Now that I've read more Head-Fi, I'm familiar with the AKG brand name and as more and more time goes on, I'm glad that I picked these. I do spend a good chunk of time with other headphones but I'm glad to always have these to fall back on. They're a bit small (for me), the leather pads get really uncomfortable, but I can sacrifice that for the great sound these provide.
     
    Accessories:
    These came with a small carrying pouch that I lost and a 1/4" adapter I never use (though I plan on buying a better amp sometime soon). Pretty much standard fare for a pair of circumaurals so there's not much to say here.
     
    Build:
    The build is simply put, solid. It's compact and really portable and yet it still feels like it can take a little bit of damage (a little). I'm really being nitpicky here, but the wire gets tangled too easily and I don't have the time nor experience to recable it. On a side note, the paint's chiping D:
     
    Comfort/Isolation:
    These isolate pretty well - so well in fact that I can serperate myself from what's going on around me (on second thought that might not be the best thing). In terms of comfort, it's a little bit more unpleasant. I have a larger head and it is a bit of a tight fit. I have left these overnight hanging over a textbook and that has helped with this tightness problem a lot though it can get a bit uncomfortable. On another note (as stated earlier), the leather pads can really get warm and a bit uncomfortable - I intend on ordering HD25 pads in the near future. (Sorry for focusing so much on the negatives - I can't emphasize enough that these are good but I find it kinda hard to describe without repeating myself).
     
    Sound:
    If you get the other three behind you, this is where these headphones really start to pay off. The sound is a bit on the bassy side but then again, they're DJ headphones not studio monitors, so what do you expect? There's a reasonable amount of balance though EQ can help in this area. The k518's respond well to EQ but regardless, they're good for listening straight up - they deliver the fun signature without going overboard and taking you into Beats land.
     
    Value:
    At the current price, I can't think of a better on ear headphone (assuming CAL! is not on sale at time of reading). It offers punchy bass with reasonably good overall sound with a few caveats. I highly recommend them.

     

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